Ningyocho Imahan (人形町今半)
Ningyocho Imahan, or just Imahan, is a famous sukiyaki and shabu shabu restaurant. The original shop was established in 1895, and there are 12 shops today, mainly in Tokyo. All of them have an amazing atmosphere, elegant and Japanese traditional style which is one reason why they attract many foreign visitors.
What is sukiyaki and shabu shabu?
- Sukiyaki is a Japanese hot pot dish consisting of thinly sliced beef, which is slowly cooked or simmered with vegetables in the sweet and savory soup. The ingredients are dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten egg before you eat.
- Shabu Shabu is another hot pot dish made from almost same ingredients as sukiyaki. But they use simple seaweed stock to cook them and dip into some kind of sauce. The cooking time is much shorter then sukiyaki.
The old-fashioned decorations like tatami mattress can make you feel Japanese traditions. Most of the shops have private rooms for both small and large group of people.
The first shop is located just a minute walk away from Ningyocho station. You can check all other locations on the official website from the link below. You can also make a reservation online.
They use high-class wagyu (Japanese beef) which is surprisingly tender, flavorful, and fatty. You can choose from sukiyaki or shabu shabu.
You dip the very thinly sliced beef in the boiling stock soup for just a couple of seconds, and then, dip in the sauce, ponzu (citrus flavored soy sauce), or gomadare (sesame paste).
You simmer the ingredients for a while in a flavorful sweet and savory soup. They go really well with the creamy eggs so don't forget to dip!
The price can vary in each shop. They also offer some course menus that come with side dishes and desserts if you want.
Sukiyaki and shabu shabu is truly a must-try dishes when you come to Japan! Imahan allows you to experience such ultimate "melt-in-your-mouth" beef hot pot dishes.